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Ethnic and Advocacy-Focused Commissions

Through robust partnerships with the State's ethnic and advocacy-focused commissions, we foster connections and ensure that community needs are identified and addressed—from grassroots levels all the way up to state government.

These Commissions and Councils are dedicated to furthering our mission of fostering a welcoming and inclusive Michigan and serve as vital connectors between marginalized communities and government, addressing unique needs and concerns to build a more just and cohesive society. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and play a crucial role in advising the executive office, legislature and state departments to foster a welcoming and inclusive State of Michigan. 

  • Voice & Representation: Our commissions advocate for the interests and concerns of specific ethnic and advocacy groups, providing a platform to ensure that the needs and perspectives of marginalized communities are heard and considered.
  • Cultural Preservation & Promotion: Commissions actively preserve and promote the cultural heritage of specific communities, supporting cultural events, festivals and educational programs that celebrate diversity.
  • Education Awareness: Engaging in educational efforts, our commissions increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized groups. They can often offer training, workshops and resources to promote tolerance and inclusion.
  • Data Collection and Analysis: Commissions gather essential data on issues related to ethnic and advocacy groups, helping to identify disparities and track progress over time. Data-driven insights can inform policy decisions and resource allocation.
  • Policy Development & Advocacy: Our commissions play a crucial role in developing policies and programs aimed at improving the lives of the communities they serve. They advocate for policies that promote diversity, protect civil rights and advance social justice.

Strategic Initiative Groups (SIGs) within the Commissions

Many of these commissions organize themselves into Strategic Initiative Groups (SIGs), dedicated working teams focused on specific priorities aligned with Global Michigan's strategic plan. Through the Strategic Initiative Group (SIG) model, the strategic planning priorities of the Office of Global Michigan closely align with the initiatives of our Commissions. This model serves as a framework through which commissions execute strategic planning initiatives, ensuring alignment with the overall strategic plan of OGM.

  • Engagement SIG: Our focus is to drive community engagement initiatives that fortify the bonds between our diverse communities and the State of Michigan, fostering unity and shared prosperity.
  • Operations SIG: We want to guarantee that State of Michigan programs and opportunities are equitable but also characterized by inclusivity, ensuring that every individual has an equitable chance for success.
  • Advocacy SIG: Our commissions shape legislative advocacy efforts that not only influence and prioritize Global Michigan's initiatives but also serve as a powerful tool for educating both our communities and the legislature about the impactful work we undertake.

Learn more about the work of the SIGs through each Commission. 

You are welcome to join us in this collective effort to build a Michigan that embraces and celebrates its rich diversity, ensuring that every voice is heard, and every community feels valued and included! To learn more about becoming a commissioner, check out the Boards and Commissions Portal. To submit an application for appointment, you must first create an account.